Watersmeet, MI: Clark Lake

This 8.2-mile Sylvania Wilderness overnight loops around a glacial lake with sandy beaches and huge virgin-growth trees. It's one of the best hiking spots in the upper Midwest.
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This 8.2-mile Sylvania Wilderness overnight loops around a glacial lake with sandy beaches and huge virgin-growth trees. It's one of the best hiking spots in the upper Midwest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.3

Waypoints

CLL001

Location: 46.2386703491211, -89.329719543457

Start @ boat launch; take blue-blazed path S along Clark Lake

CLL002

Location: 46.2306213378906, -89.3227005004883

Nurse logs rot under huge, virgin white pine, birch, hemlock

CLL003

Location: 46.2300491333008, -89.3149490356445

Brown post marks lakeside campsite; continue S, then bear NE

CLL004

Location: 46.227123260498, -89.3138885498047

Tiny strip of land separates pond from the main lake

CLL006

Location: 46.2183990478516, -89.2984313964844

Sidetrip: Turn L and follow faint trail to Crooked Lake

CLL007

Location: 46.2214012145996, -89.2940979003906

Crooked Lake: Note the abundance of green (algae, lily pads) in this lake compared to the clear waters of Clark Lake; backtrack to waypoint 6

CLL008

Location: 46.2150917053223, -89.3000564575195

Stay straight; path on L is a portage trail to Loon Lake

CLL005

Location: 46.2212295532227, -89.3028030395508

Designated campsite; swing N around a marshy point

CLL009

Location: 46.2103500366211, -89.3173294067383

Trail leaves lake, heads uphill along abandoned forest road; turn R and head N between Hay & Glimmerglass Lakes

CLL010

Location: 46.2243690490723, -89.3323364257812

Sandy beach with short wooded patches; campsites dot shore

CLL011

Location: 46.2402305603027, -89.3404922485352

Trail traces peaceful shoreline for a long stretch; near lake's NW corner, a large building is visible above the trees; stay along lake through picnic area and back to trailhead